This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on an Irish Whiskey Associations new distillery mentorship programme, ABFI slam new Alcohol bill and 5 million euro for Lough Ree Distillery.
So let’s see what’s been happening this week in our Irish whiskey weekly news.
The programme offers entrants a programme of workshops, seminars and one-to-one support from experienced distillery and industry experts on topics including distilling, innovation, and health and safety management. In the last five years, 16 new distilleries have opened in Ireland and a further 29 are in the planning or development stage, according to the IWA.
The Knowledge Still programme will also ensure that products will continue to comply with the Irish whiskey ‘technical file’ and other statutory requirements, as well as maintaining high standards. William Lavelle, head of the IWA, said: “Protecting the high standards of the Irish whiskey industry and promoting innovation is key to the future success of the category.
“Our main goal is to protect and pass on the high-quality standards which have become a hallmark for Irish whiskey.
The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, reversed his decision on cancer warnings on alcohol labels by reintroducing the move into the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. The move has now been criticised by the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), that said that it will turn Ireland’s food and drinks industry into a ‘global pariah’.
The ABFI said that the “draconian proposal” will force ‘hugely damaging and misleading cancer warning labels on all alcohol products sold in Ireland, including craft beer, artisan gin and quality whiskey’, which will greatly hinder trade with international companies. ABFI also said that measures in the Alcohol Bill should be proportionate and evidence-based and that the idea of picking and choosing one disease over the other health risks and/or benefits associated with alcohol consumption was confusing and nonsensical.
“We all agree that alcohol misuse and underage drinking should be addressed, and we support the objective of the Alcohol Bill in this regard. But it is imperative that the end result is a piece of legislation that is effective, evidence-based, compliant with EU law, and does not do undue harm to an important Irish industry,” said Patricia Callan, Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland.
Lough Ree Distillery is investing in excess of €5 million in expanding its facilities, with construction of a new distillery and visitor centre set to commence in the coming weeks ahead of an official opening in mid-2019, creating over 20 jobs locally.
Based on the banks of Lough Ree at Lanesborough’s crossing point on the River Shannon, the new distillery’s owners assert that it will increase local and international tourism to the area, resulting in upwards of 25,000 visitors by 2023.
When in full production, Lough Ree Distillery will have production capacity for 50,000 cases of premium whiskey and 15,000 cases of gin and other white spirits per annum.
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